Recently I enjoyed the 2014 Emmy Mourvèdre Blend from Efeste. I perfected my Chicken and Dumpling recipe and needed a wine to pair with the dish. Typically I would go right for the Chardonnay but this time I wanted a red knowing that my dinner guests prefer red over white. So after pulling out over a dozen wines in the cellar I landed on this blend.
The Emmy is 80% Mourvèdre, 12% Grenache and the remainder Syrah. I opened the wine around 3pm for a 7pm dinner, the first sip after opening was a bit harsh and bity, as it opened in the decanter it became smooth and balanced. As it opened up the nose became rich with blackberries, a bit of cranberry, and an herby briny quality as well as spice. The wine was full bodied with a nice finish.
As far as pairing this wine, typically I would say BBQ or something more fitting of a red wine but my Chicken and Dumplings with a pan gravy and mushrooms worked nicely. The wine held up to the creaminess and the dish wasn't overwhelmed by the wine. Head over to SHAUN MYRICK to get that recipe!
At the end of the evening there was a glass leftover, so I just put a screen over the top (to keep the fruit flies out) and let it sit on the counter over night to see what would be. The next day around noon (20 hours later or so) I gave it a taste. The wine was still delicious, silky and balanced. This is going to show my new philosophy of opening a bottle early before enjoying.